12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

It is exactly one week since I ran the Illinois Marathon in my slowest ever (uninjured) time. Age grading the result in the Yale Run Age calculator (aka The Runner’s Time Machine) confirmed that I performed as my 75 year-old self. In short it was a ‘stinker’.

Recalling the interview with the eminent sports psychologist, Dr. Jim Afremow, a winning mindset looks at a defeat as a learning opportunity. Dr. Jim advocates “Win or Learn” rather than the more typical Win-Lose mentality.

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Steve Cannon: My 1037 mile run around Lake Michigan

Steve Cannon: My 1037 mile run around Lake Michigan

Life, Love, Loss and a Historic Run! 40 Days is a brutally honest and inspiring story about Steve Cannon’s historic journey around Lake Michigan. Just imagine averaging a marathon a day for 40 straight days, it’s a story of dedication and determination, love and loss, and living in the moment. And most importantly, it confirms what can happen when you push yourself farther than you ever thought was possible.

Steve has kindly agreed to share a part of his inspiring book with followers of Rundamentalists …Enjoy.

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I think, therefore I am a runner

I think, therefore I am a runner

As a runner, your biggest asset (or sometimes your greatest enemy) is your brain. What you think and feel on and off the road also has a huge influence over how you perform once you lace up. In his latest book (The Runner’s Brain)…Dr. Jeff Brown - the psychologist for the Boston Marathon medical team and member of Runner’s World magazine’s scientific advisory board, outlines how you can literally rewire your mind for a lifetime of athletic success.

Full of fascinating insights from runners of all abilities-including champion marathoner Meb Keflezighi and other greats….the book includes key information that's been proven to work both in the lab and on the road. We are therefore delighted that Dr. Brown, Liz Neporent, Rodale Books and Runner’s World have agreed to share an excerpt.

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How to guarantee your marathon goals

How to guarantee your marathon goals

Our expert for this article is Paul Miller, the Coordinator of the Nike+ Pace Team for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Having completed approximately 35 marathons himself and successfully pacing many times, Paul has been leading the largest marathon pace team in the world since 2007.  

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